The mission of the
Peace Abbey is to create, maintain and promote innovative
models for social change that reflect the principles of
nonviolence that exist within the major faith traditions
of the world.
During a wonderfully inspiring evening with Jagatjoti, he announced that he would donate copies of I'M DOWN ON YOU to the Abbey
to be sold to encourage awareness of Down Syndrome. Copies are available at the Abbey Gift Shop for $30. The perfect gift
to a teacher, friend, family member or doctor's office this holiday season.
SEE TRAILER BELOW.
This traveling exhibit celebrates and records memories of our grandmothers and their gift of life,
wisdom and love. The sculpture exhibit with accompanying book will
be available to museums, libraries, schools and elder centers this
spring. More to come.
DONATE YOUR CAR TO THE ABBEY
Call 508-655-2143 for details. 62 Donated!
The Peace Abbey has a rich tradition
of comforting the afflicted, afflicting the comfortable and alienating its funding sources.
The story of Emily the Cow on news stations in Boston.
Music video of the Peace Abbey by Mike Randa.
Introduction to the Peace Abbey and Stonewalk America 1999, Ireland 2000 and England 2001.
Peace Abbey Morning Meeting featured on Hallmark Channel. Hallmark crew traveled from
Chicago to Sherborn to film the passing of the blessing bowl at the Peacemakers Table.
TV news clip of the "Change the Name" protest that included arrests at the Massachusetts State House. The agency name was eventually changed to
remove the word "retardation" and Corty Woods, who is the first member of the Life Experience School, was recognized during the ceremony at the Statehouse for his act of civil disobedience. He later conducted a workshop on civil disobedience
for individuals who wanted the agency name changed too. This guy is a real hero!!
On November 10th, author and photographer of the book I'M DOWN WITH YOU, Jagatjoti Khalsa,
spoke to a group of parents and kids with Down Syndrome in the livingroom of the Peace Abbey and signed copies on behalf
of those photographed. Throughout the evening,
Jagatjoti gracefully weaved humor with heartfelt stories and expressions of gratitude in a self effacing style that left
everyone appreciative and empowered and ready to, in Jerry Ruben's words, DO IT!
Watching and listening to the way Jagatjoti's mind works was a delight as he spoke about how he arrives at
an idea or feeling about a certain issue or topic (Down Syndrome) and how he then gathers himself to give it form.
Jagatjoti is remarkably
calibrated and hardwired in such a way that the universe seemingly can't resist bending toward the dream he holds
in his heart -- and the results are life changing, not only for himself, but for others he touches and serves. He is
in many respects a modern day Heyókha -- a Lakota medicine man of sorts who turns everything around and
upside down and inside out, in contradiction to convention, so things can be truly understood on the wings of joy, laughter and love.
His book I'M DOWN WITH YOU
is a blessing beyond measure to the Down Syndrome community and beyond.
THE PERFECT GIFT FOR YOUR VEGETARIAN FRIEND
The book about
Emily the Cow's story
is NOW available at the Abbey Gift Shop for $20.00 (all
proceeds fund the care of her memorial). It is also available
online at Barnes & Noble, Borders Books and Amazon.com. It chronicals
Emily's life and is a beautiful story of
how an animal that
was about to become little more than hamburger meat, instead
became food-for-thought for animal lovers throughout America
and else where in the world.
A special thanks to Dan Everett and countless others for making
it possible for Emily's story to
be told in book form. It truly
takes a village of animal lovers to produce a book like this!
And hats-off to the MetroWest Daily News for embracing this
story with such passion and conviction. The MetroWest Newsroom
saved Emily's life.